I'm ordering my first chicks- should they all be the same breed?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JanetR, May 12, 2011.

  1. JanetR

    JanetR Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone- This is my first post. I've been dreaming of raising chickens for a few years and now I'm really going to do it! I'm building the coop and I'm ready to order chicks from the local farm supply store. I want to start with six, my dilemma is I like 3 breeds- Araucana, Black Australorp and Buff Brahmas. Is it ok to get 2 of each? Or should I stick to one breed?
     
  2. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    Get two of each! better yet, pick six breeds and get one of each! none of my gals are the same breed [​IMG] If you love the three different breeds just go for it or else you will just end up going back and getting them anyway, lol.
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  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. I've got a good mix too.
     
  4. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    I agree 1000 billion percent! Ha ha! Unless you are planning on breeding them. But if you're just going for a backyard flock to raise as pets and for eggs, go with the variety! They are so fun to watch, plus you'll be able to tell them apart a lot easier.

    Enjoy! And, [​IMG]
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    All my first chicks were different breeds, because if I got all Rhode Island Reds, for example, then I was afraid I wouldn't be able to tell them apart. It would be like this, every morning: "Good morning, Rhoda!" "How are YOU this morning, Rhoda?" "Hey, pretty Rhoda, how are you today?" "'Mornin', Rhoda!" "Rhoda, how are YOU today?" etc.

    I knew I would name 'em. I didn't know I WOULD be able to tell them apart until I got my first duplicates of the same breed, about 10 chickens into this venture.

    I love a mixed flock. However, I do think there is a wonderful look with two different breeds in a flock, such as Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps. Very Halloween-y. [​IMG]

    The prettiest flock is one with mixed breeds, as far as I'm concerned.

    Enjoy! And Welcome to BYC!!!!!
     
  6. JanetR

    JanetR Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!! You've all made me very happy![​IMG]
     
  7. bullington

    bullington Out Of The Brooder

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    Janet,

    We went with pairs plus one. Pretty easy to tell them apart.
     
  8. what's kickin' chicken

    what's kickin' chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hi [​IMG].............. I vote mix,mix and mix [​IMG]
     
  9. bds613

    bds613 Out Of The Brooder

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    Most definitely mix. If you're partial to 3 different breeds then you will keep adding to the flock until you have them all...then you discover 3 more breeds that you would love to have...that's just how it works [​IMG]! [​IMG]
     
  10. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Maine i have a variety
     

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